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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

what youth can do towards ASEAN Community 2015

A Free Drugs Youth of ASEAN towards ASEAN Community 2015

Donny Bagus Prasetya


Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) is regional organization of Southeast Asian countries within 11 countries as its members and its purposes. The ASEAN Declaration states that the aims and purposes of the Association are, to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region and to promote regional peace and stability through abiding respect for justice and the rule of law in the relationship among countries in the region and adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter. Strength it existence as regional organization, ASEAN going to growth with ASEAN Community with its three areas, ASEAN Economic Community, ASEAN Security Community, and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.

By the declaration of ASEAN Charter, some of ASEAN purposes are, to strengthen cooperation in building a safe, secure and drug free area environment for the people of ASEAN, to promote a people oriented ASEAN in which all sectors of Society are encouraged to participate in, and benefit from, the process of ASEAN integration and Community building, and to promote as ASEAN identity through the fostering of greater awareness of the diverse culture and heritage of the region.

In this essay, will explore the involvement of ASEAN youth towards ASEAN Community 2015 by participating to create stability of secure in the region. ASEAN contents the diversity and pluralism on its people and its culture and also heritage. The first important things to reach the ASEAN Community are enhancing the awareness of ASEAN people and sense of belonging of ASEAN in its people, mainly youth. The involvement of youth has its values as their position of future leader of their states and ASEAN. The establishment of qualified ASEAN youth are facing with two problems, they are, how to enhance the sense of belonging of ASEAN Community and second, against international crime that threat the qualification of ASEAN youth, exactly the threat come from drug crime in the region. This essay will explain what youth can do against the drug crime towards ASEAN purpose in ASEAN Community 2015 to make ASEAN as “an ASEAN Free Drug Area”. While, by that activity, how ASEAN youth should corporate and enhance the awareness from the cooperation?

ASEAN is not only facing with the challenge to growth the sense of belonging of ASEAN on its people but also the international crime of drug. To develop and strengthen the ASEAN Community, ASEAN must prepare its generations as future leader to lead ASEAN reaching the welfare for all people. Drugs already threat the generations and threat the creation of best future leader. The dangerous of drug will weak and destroy the qualification of ASEAN youth. The dangerous of drug must be attended by all element of ASEAN, included the government, academics, grassroots, and youth. All people of ASEAN have responsibility to stop the drug crime. Youth as energic and active people must stand on the front to against the drug crime, because youths are the targets of drug but also the hero to defeat the drug.

With the existence of ASEAN as regional organization, the cooperation among ASEAN youth is a way to tackling the drug crime in region. Youth cooperation could be done with various ways. One of the various ways is the involvement of youth to campaign the dangerous of drug along with all ASEAN youth. Free flow of information among ASEAN youth together campaign the dangerous of drug not only in their state. Here, the establishment of ASEAN Youth Council is very important to organize and command ASEAN youth activities, exactly in drug tackling coordination and collaboration. ASEAN Youth Council along with ASEAN Secretariat can implement positive activities that encourage the youth to avoid drug and leadership training for their self and the growth of sense of belonging of ASEAN. In other words, everyone can join to campaign the dangerous of drug and even tackling the drug.

ASEAN Youth Council for Drug Crime will involve all ASEAN youth to campaign and actively participate in drug tackling and drug campaign. The organized activity of drug tackling also effectively to enhance the sense of belonging of ASEAN in youth by the coordination, corporation, and collaboration among ASEAN youths. Those there values not only lead the creation of qualifying future leader of ASEAN but also lead to the reducing of drug crime in region gradually. Teamwork activities will effectively to enhance the awareness sense of belonging by responsibility towards ASEAN security and its consideration of youth as ASEAN future leader must have cross cultural understanding in diverse culture and heritage in ASEAN Countries.

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